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I have two new additions to my sewing machine collection this month.

This is “Emily,” a 66K treadle with the Lotus design, from 1917.  Her cabinet could use a little work, but the machine itself is in perfect working condition.  She is just sitting in the living room right now, but eventually I will find a place for her in my sewing room.  We thought we didn’t have room for another treadle, but…sometimes exceptions just have to be made.  🙂

Our other new baby is “Esmeralda.”  She is a 327K from about 1962, and she does forward and reverse stitching and zig zag.  She is the prettiest shade of sage green, although this photo looks a bit grey-ish.  She also has her own little green extension table.  I believe this model was marketed in the United States as a “Spartan” brand, but it’s got a Singer badge in the UK.

And finally, more sewing machines — but the kind that are much easier to find room for in the sewing room!  😉  I thought this fabric was so cute, I just had to buy a yard.

My Stash Report for this week is:

Bought this week:  1 yard
Bought year-to-date:  10.75 yards
Used this week:  0
Used year-to-date 18.75 yards
Used (net):  8 yards

To see how other quilters are doing with their Stash Reports, please visit Judy’s blog.

Happy Quilting!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums in the UK.  It’s our day today!  🙂

I’ve been sewing a lot this week, but no real quilting activity except to piece a few blocks on several different quilt tops.

My big sewing project this week was making an Egyptian mummy costume for my younger daughter, and I used 1.5 yards of muslin from my quilting stash for that.

Here are my totals for the year so far:

Bought this week: 0
Bought year-to-date:  9.75 yards
Used this week:  1.5 yards
Used year-to-date:  18.75 yards
Used (net):  9 yards

Happy Quilting!

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This week I finished the Turquoise Scraps top for my older daughter’s new birthday quilt.

It’s a lap quilt and measures 55 inches square.  The inspiration for this quilt came from several sources.

The basic block is the Stash Buster by Buttonberry, which I made half-size.  The free pattern for the original size block is here (Link Updated 30-8-11).

I wanted to use crisp and neat white sashings because I love the look of this 9-patch quilt by Crazy Mom Quilts.

I also like to use cornerstones because they work like registration marks to keep the rows nice and straight.  I learned this technique through making some of Judy Laquidara’s patterns, and the idea for this particular setting came from this photo at All People Quilt.

The backing is already finished, as well.   I used Mary Johnson’s instructions for piecing an Off Center 4-Patch Backing, and happily I had some compatible fabrics in my stash!  The only things I had to buy for this quilt were the batting and one light turquoise print for contrast.

Now I need to get to work quilting it.  It has to be ready for Thursday!  🙂

My Stash Report totals for the week are:

Bought this week: 0
Bought year-to-date:  9.75 yards
Used this week:  6.5 yards
Used year-to-date:  17.25 yards
Used (net):  7.50 yards

Happy Quilting!

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I didn’t make any positive progress on my pink and purple Flying Geese quilt at all this week.  But, if mistakes are educational, then I have learned a lot!  😉

First, I thought I had the perfect backing for the quilt — a beautiful shade of pink in 100% cotton.    Got it all basted and started the machine quilting.  However, it’s a bed sheet, and now I know why quilting on bed sheets is not such a good idea — the threads are so close together, it’s difficult to quilt through.  Even with a small needle (10 or 11), it still leaves a big hole in the fabric.

I was so unhappy with the results that I unpicked two hours’ worth of free motion quilting and undid the basting.

Then I found another length of regular quilting fabric in my stash that was a good match for the colours, but I didn’t have enough.  There were two others that I thought would make a good pieced backing using the instructions Mary Johnson wrote for HeartStrings, but I didn’t have enough of those, either.   Aaarrrggghhh!

Finally the light dawned on me to cut the quilting fabrics into 10.5 inch squares and piece them together patchwork fashion to make a backing by one of the methods used by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.  That will give a good variety of prints and use up even more stash.  I’ll probably start that tomorrow.

Haven’t finished any other projects to count in my totals this week, but I did start working on a UFO for Judy’s February Quiltathon and hope to finish that today.

Totals for Week 7 are:

  • Bought this week:  0
  • Bought year-to-date:  9.75 yards
  • Used this week:  0
  • Used year-to-date:  10.75
  • Used (net):  1 yard

To see how others are doing in their Stashbusting this week, please visit Judy Laquidara’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Quilting!

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I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions.  It seems like a good way to set myself up for failure, and I’ve already been down that road paved with good intentions too many times!

However, this year I noticed that several quilt bloggers that I follow have resolved to finish one UFO per month.  That sounds so nice and like something I should do, too.  After all, I am supposed to be in the business of finishing UFOs!  😉

Here is my first UFO finish of the year, from my Flying Geese phase of 2003.  I finished it on Saturday evening.

Here is what I started with on Wednesday morning when I pulled this project out of the UFO cupboard.

If I could work so fast this week, why can’t I work that fast every week?

Oh happy day, I get to count a finish in my stats!

Bought this week:  0
Bought year-to-date:  9.75 yards
Used this week:  4.25
Used year-to-date:  10.75
Used (net):  1 yard

To see how others are doing with their Stash Reports this week, please visit Judy’s blog for a list of links.

Happy Quilting!

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Someone else has been using my stash this week — and I am so excited about it!

My 8-year-old daughter started making her first quilt yesterday.  I shared with her some of the 5-inch squares that I had cut for the Puss in the Corner blocks.

She started out sewing on her pink Barbie sewing machine.

She has used our Singer 201K several times, and she’s really too advanced for a toy machine, so I switched her over to my big Janome.

She did so well on that one that I turned her loose with the Jem Gold, and off she went!

She also learned to use the iron yesterday to press her blocks.

She was so sensible and careful — no burns and no accidents!  I am very proud of my little quilter!

I also did a bit of sewing yesterday on pillowcases, and between us, we used 3.5 yards of fabric.  Think how fast we’ll go through that stash if we are both working on it!  🙂

Bought this week:  0
Bought year-to-date:  9.75 yards
Used this week:  3.5
Used year-to-date:  6.5
Used (net):  -3.25

To see other Stash Reports today, please visit Judy’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Quilting!

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I have managed to refrain from fabric purchases this week, but I have bought some parts for the 1908 Singer 27K that I am trying to restore.   We named this machine “Cleo” for her Egyptian motif (Memphis) decals.

I bought Cleo last November, and she was in a sad derelict state.  She had been converted to electricity a long time ago but was no longer safe to use that way.  Her original treadle mechanism had also been removed from her table, leaving it very rickety and unstable.

The good points were that her decals were in excellent condition and all the moving parts ran freely, and she cost less than my lunch in a sandwich shop!   I don’t have room for another treadle machine, so I decided to try and restore her to good running order as a portable machine with a hand crank.

Here she is today, after Part 1 of her transformation.  I have removed the ugly white motor, and she is sitting in a 1950’s sewing machine base that has a hard case to protect her.  I am hoping later to find a nice antique case for her.

My sewing machine man was able to find me a hand crank for a 27K, and my husband put that on for me.  It fixes with a bracket that is screwed in underneath the wheel.

Now she is ready for cleaning and oiling!

As far as sewing, I have been working on my “Big Three” projects this week — turquoise quilt, Puss in the Corner blocks, and my “Too Good to Cut” challenge quilt — but haven’t finished anything to count yet.  My totals for the week ending January 24 are:

  • Bought this week:  0
  • Bought year-to-date:  9.75 yards
  • Used this week:  0
  • Used year-to-date:  3 yards
  • Used (net):  -6.75 yards

I think I’m very near to finishing a quilt top, so maybe next week I can finally show some real progress in my stash busting!

Happy Quilting!

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Our weatherman says the UK is suffering the fiercest winter we’ve had in 30 years.  I believe it.  We’ve had snow on the ground since December 17, with more snow falling several times a week, and it’s only now starting to thaw.

Our front hall is always freezing cold.  It has a metal door (those are magnets stuck on) and double-paned glass, but in weather like this, it’s just not enough insulation.  I don’t know why, but it took me all these years to finally think of a solution!  😉

This beautiful fabric is a perfect match to the Amethyst Cream paint in our hall.  It’s called Almost Paradise Batiks and was designed by Ro Gregg for Northcott Fabrics.  I don’t know how old it is — it’s been in my stash for many years.

I made one panel the width of fabric and lined it with plain cream-coloured muslin.  To save time, I machine stitched the hem.  This is more of a utility curtain than for beauty, although I did want it to look nice.

I made it long enough to cover the mail slot since cold air can blow through there, too.

And here it is, all finished!  It’s attached with velcro strips at the top of the door and the top of the curtain so it can be removed in the daytime and nice weather.

I used three yards of fabric for this project — 54 inches each of print and lining.

The postman also brought me one last package of fabric that I had mail-ordered two weeks ago — 2 yards of cream background for the Challenge quilt I am working on.  That brings my totals for Week 3 to:

Bought this week:  2 yards
Bought year-to-date:  9.75 yards
Used this week:  3 yards
Used (net):  -6.75 yards

To see how others are doing with their Stash Reports, please visit Judy’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Quilting!

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Some of my mail-order fabric purchases arrived this week.  🙂

I  bought 3 metres of snow white muslin for the turquoise quilt project, a half metre of chili peppers fabric for a quilt that is still in my head until I get enough fabric to start it, and a fat quarter of nice purple to top up my stash.

I also got 3 FQs worth of jelly-roll type strips for the green UFO.  I like these strip sets.  It’s great to have such variety in small quantities.

I only count fabric as used when the flimsy is done, and I haven’t finished anything this week, so I have nothing to report in the Used column.  But I have done lots of cutting and sewing.

I’m working on four projects at the same time and assigning them specific days.  Then I spend my whole sewing day (about 2 hours total) on one project, and I’m making pretty good progress on each.  It’s lots of fun, anyway!

Here are my totals:

  • Bought this week:  5 yards
  • Bought year-to-date:  7.75 yards
  • Used this week:  0
  • Used year-to-date:  0

Please visit Judy’s blog to see how others are progressing with their stash reports this week.

Happy Quilting!

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We are three days into the New Year, and I am already in the negative column in my Stash Report!  😉

But I haven’t thrown caution to the winds  — I am planning ahead with my purchases.

The red polka dot is going into a Soldier quilt for Alycia’s No Soldier Forgotten project, which will be one of my HeartStrings projects this year.

The turquoise is for my older daughter’s birthday quilt, and the plum, violet and green are all for UFOs that I plan to finish this year.

I have also mail-ordered some other fabrics, but they haven’t arrived yet — the white muslin for the turquoise quilt, and a few other things that I already have specific plans for.   I hope that is “smart buying.”  🙂

My total fabric bought is 2.5 metres, which translates to about 2.75 yards.  I haven’t done any real sewing this week, but I am hoping to make a start on something this afternoon!  Got that design wall to think about for tomorrow!

Week 1 Stash Report

  • Bought Year-to-Date:  2.75 yards
  • Used Year-to-Date:  0

To read about other quilters’ Stash Reports, please visit Judy’s blog.

Happy Quilting!

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